This creamy pork and egg noodles is a quick and easy one-pan meal, reminiscent of stroganoff. Here, egg noodles are cooked in a single skillet with browned pork and mushrooms, then finished with Boursin cheese to create a creamy sauce.
Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen | Five Ingredient Dinners | ATK, 2021
During the bleak winter months here in the Northeast, I often gravitate to beef stroganoff and other creamy, meat-heavy noodle dishes for a quick hit of coziness. So for this version, I brown ground pork with some mushrooms before stirring in broth and scraping up all the savory bits.
Cooking the noodles in this saucy mix ensures that they are deeply flavorful from the inside out. And just at the end, I stir in Boursin cheese, delivering quintessential creaminess and complex herby flavor from one ingredient. Even better: There’s not a bunch of herbs wasting away in my fridge before I get the chance to use them up.–Leah Colin
Creamy Pork and Egg Noodles FAQs
Can I double this recipe?
You absolutely can. But I find that making two single batches of a dish at the same time is always better. Sometimes doubling a dish, especially a casserole, can end in disaster. (That’s why you won’t find an ingredient multiplier on LC.)
What other meat can I use besides pork?
Ground turkey, ground chicken, ground beef–even ground lamb–will work. The flavor profile will change, so keep that in mind.
Creamy Pork and Egg Noodles
- 1 tablespoon mild vegetable oil
- 1 pound ground pork
- 8 ounces cremini or white mushrooms trimmed and sliced thin
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt plus more if needed
- 4 cups canned chicken broth or homemade chicken stock
- 8 ounces (4 cups) wide egg noodles
- 1 package (5.2 ounce) Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs cheese crumbled
- Freshly ground black pepper
- In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm the oil until just smoking. Add pork, mushrooms, and salt and cook until liquid has evaporated and pork is beginning to brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Stir in broth, and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits and bring to a simmer. Stir in noodles, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are just tender, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, stir in Boursin cheese until well combined, then let sit until slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir to recombine, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
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Recipe Testers’ Reviews
This simple recipe turned out creamy, savory noodles that seem more than the sum of their parts. Next time, I’ll leave out the salt as the broth is salty enough, and add more mushrooms. We added fresh spinach to our leftovers without issue. Boursin seems worth keeping on hand as a speedy and flavorful sub for cream and herbs, now that winter is here.
The whole time I was making this creamy pork and egg noodles I kept asking myself, “How come I’ve never thought to do this?” The recipe couldn’t be easier – brown some meat, add broth and noodles, cook, add cheese, et voila. You do have to slice a few mushrooms (although, you could buy them sliced) and stirring is required but other than that, it’s just patience. And, this is a one-pot meal–so minimal dishes!
A few notes:
- Be sure to let the liquid cook out in Step 1. Browning the meat ups the flavor and you don’t need extra liquid in this recipe.
- My broth came up to a boil pretty quickly in Step 2 so I lowered the heat to medium.
- I pulled my pot off of the heat when my noodles were al dente (10 minutes) because I didn’t want them to overcook in the next step.
- For Step 3, my sauce thickened a little. I let the recipe sit for 10 minutes. I think some of the sauce was absorbed by the pasta; the rest was in the pot, slightly thickened. We added freshly ground black pepper and a bit of kosher salt at the end. Next time, I’ll add fresh chives at the end for extra chive-iness!
This will serve four with a nice side salad and is perfect for a weeknight. I especially like the versatility of this recipe–you could change up the protein or the Boursin flavor, use vegetable stock, mix-and-match pasta shapes… there are a lot of tasty possibilities here!
This creamy pork and egg noodles dish was quick, easy, and delicious. I’ll definitely be making this again! And I think I’d actually choose this over a classic beef stroganoff. Everything comes together in one pot with very little prep and ingredients. You’ll have dinner ready in no time with very little mess to clean. I was skeptical of the Boursin, but it was amazing in this dish. I highly recommend you try this!
Five ingredients, one pot, 30 minutes from start to finish? Not to mention delicious? You bet these creamy pork and egg noodles will be going into regular rotation here!
Think Hamburger Helper, except instead of throwing in a package of dried cheese, powdered herbs, and sodium in with your protein and noodles, you’ve added a delicious fresh soft cheese with herbs to make the sauce. Mind blown!
I fought my instincts to first brown the pork, and then brown the mushrooms. Wouldn’t everything turn into a watery mess if I threw it all into the pot at the same time? Nope. Everything was well browned at about the 7-minute mark. And at that point, I poured off the excess fat, added the stock, and stirred with a wide wooden spoon to get all the delicious crispy bits stirred into the sauce. I’d recommend cooking the noodles just shy of done, or al dente, as they will continue to cook after stirring in the cheese and absorbing the broth for the next 5 minutes. So I couldn’t resist throwing in a fistful of frozen peas along with the cheese. If you’ve got any kind of green herb in your fridge saying “use me use me” then go ahead and do it!
Well, if this isn’t just the best one-pan 30-minute weeknight meal! Basically, it’s cheap-ish, requires just a few dishes, and everyone LOVED it. We were all surprised at how much flavor such a seemingly small amount of cheese added. But to get maximum flavor, you do need to brown the pork and mushrooms deeply, which only takes a few minutes more. Leftovers reheat well too. And that’s a plus in our house.
Talk about a weeknight wonder. At first glance, I thought this might be bland with so few ingredients, but it’s so good. The finished dish does indeed taste like a stroganoff. There essentially is no prep time if you use presliced mushrooms (I didn’t but would totally help a working mom). The concise directions are accurate. The only tweak I have would be to possibly thicken the noodle mixture with a teaspoon of cornstarch in a slurry before adding the Boursin. Mine did not thicken after 10 min, nor did the noodles absorb the sauce to thicken it overnight as a heated leftover lunch. This is a perfect camping dish!
Originally published January 12, 2022
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Creamy pork with egg noodles is a quick and easy meal reminiscent of Stroganoff with savory creaminess and herby flavors. The prep time was minimal, especially with pre-sliced mushrooms from the grocery store and ground pork. My tasters cleaned up every bit after going back to the Dutch oven for second helpings!